Trinity Tuesday: Lots of Sun for Not Much Green in Queen Village

Thanks to the large private courtyard behind it, this unusual trinity gets lots of light from windows on both sides. That still not enough sunshine for you? Go up on its roof deck.

708 S. Leithgow St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Plumer & Associates

708 S. Leithgow St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Plumer & Associates

What distinguishes the trinity, that most peculiarly Philadelphian house type, from all the others is its three-stacked-rooms arrangement (four, if the home has a basement) with a tight spiral staircase taking up a chunk of the space in each room.

Somewhere along the way, an owner of this trinity had a bright idea: Since there’s this big courtyard in the back, I’ll put the spiral staircase in its own extension!

Thus this classic trinity has two unusual features: A larger back yard and doors separating the staircase from some of the rooms. It also gets more sunlight than many trinities do thanks to that large back yard, which means the windows on both east and west sides get plenty of exposure to the sun. So does the staircase, as it’s topped by a skylight. And it even has a roof deck for all-day sunshine.

Let’s take the rooms from bottom to top.

In the basement is an updated kitchen and dining area with stainless steel appliances, Arts & Crafts-inspired cabinetry, granite countertops and a spiffy hardwood floor.

The main floor is home to the living room, accented by a working brick fireplace with stone hearth. One entrance leads to the street; the other to a beautifully landscaped private interior courtyard.

The second floor contains a cozy bedroom, the laundry facilities and a full tile bathroom with a Jacuzzi-style tub.

The top-floor bedroom has ample space, lots of light (as we noted before), and a large closet.

Then, heading back through the door and up the stairs, there’s the roof deck, which offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. You’ll enjoy relaxing, entertaining friends, grilling and stargazing from this rooftop oasis.

And when you want to get out, South Street and Head House Square are just steps away, and the Delaware riverfront and Italian Market are also within walking distance.





SALE PRICE: $325,000

OTHER STUFF: The seller will provide a one-year home warranty.

708 S. Leithgow St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Margaret Szumski | Plumer & Associates]